Technical stuff – part 12: idioms
Idioms are words or phrases that have a particular meaning, even though the actual words used do not explain the meaning. For example:
It’s raining cats and dogs. (It’s pouring with rain.)
The exam was a piece of cake. (The exam was very easy.)
Let sleeping dogs lie. (Don’t do or say anything further.)
He’s wet behind the ears. (He’s inexperienced.)
The Phrase Finder is a brilliant resource, providing the origins and meanings of numerous phrases, sayings and idioms.